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Iranian media says parliament siege has ended

Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency says the siege at parliament is over and that four attackers have been killed.

Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, killing at least two security guards and wounding more than 30 people. The Islamic State group claimed both attacks.

A man hands a child to a security guard from Iran's parliament building after an assault of several attackers, in Tehran, Iran, June 7, 2017 (Fars News Agency, Omid Vahabzadeh via AP)
A man hands a child to a security guard from Iran’s parliament building after an assault of several attackers, in Tehran, Iran, June 7, 2017 (Fars News Agency, Omid Vahabzadeh via AP)

The attack on parliament, which was in session at the time, lasted more than three hours. Police surrounded the building and gunfire could be heard from outside.

It marked the first time IS has claimed an attack in Iran. The Sunni extremist group is at war with Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and views Iran’s Shiite majority as apostates deserving of death.

— AP

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